24 Jun 2018

CHILI Publish to demo online editing tool at Ipex 2014

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CHILI Publish will demonstrate how its online editing solution CHILI Publisher 4.0 brings value to brand owners, as well as anyone involved in commercial print, packaging, digital printing, direct marketing, POS and Sign & Display at Ipex 2014. The company will detail how working with its fully customisable online editing tool creates new business opportunities, and allows operations to extend the online editing capabilities for a wide range of applications.  CHILI Publish will be exhibiting on stand N2-C185, together with its UK distributor Workflowz.

"Building on the successful development of CHILI Publisher for the commercial print market, we are expanding our offerings to other markets including packaging, digital printing, POS, Sign & Display and brand owners. Ipex is the perfect opportunity to showcase the capabilities of our solutions to these markets," says Bram Verniest, CMO of CHILI Publish.

CHILI Publish welcomes the Ipex platform as an extension of its ethos of embracing customer feedback to keep pace with markets needs and demands. This is exactly how some of CHILI Publisher 4.0’s functionality was expanded: “Next to online editing, our customers have been asking for mobile editing capabilities,” says Verniest. “With version 4, we broadened our offering with not only editing in a browser, but also enabling users to edit documents directly on mobile devices.”

CHILI Publisher 4.0 supports all types of work environments including Flash, HTML 5 and any new technologies that might be developed. This allows customers to expand into markets they may not have been able to reach before. It also provides clients and partners with confidence that it will remain a trusted tool for online editing well into the future. “We can help customers to expand into markets and applications such as mobile ecommerce, translation, approval, direct marketing, brand portal, and other applications they’ve designed for their customers. And being platform-independent, CHLI Publisher is ready for whatever new applications our customers could develop in the future."

CHILI Publisher 4.0 features a broad range of tools which are typically also available in Desktop Publishing software but it adds unique features that enable users to extend the value of the online editing experience. For example the 3D visualisation tool that lets users present their personalised documents in 3D environments, for example a personalised sign visualised on a bus stop shelter, with that shelter placed on a street, with people around it.

A detailed overview of all features in CHILI Publisher 4.0 can be found on the company's website.  Please visit www.chili-publish.com for more information.

Anyone interested in online editing and keen to learn more about the opportunities can already book an Ipex demo online at www.chili-publish.com/contact/ipex2014, and receive a personalised bottle of CHILI Publish's home-brewed Spicy beer.

CADlink revises UK Customer Support Policy

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In an effort to continuously improve customer service, CADlink has announced a major revision to its prior UK technical support policy for all brand name software products.  With immediate effect, CADlink will provide free technical support on new product purchases for a period of six months. Upgrade purchases provide three months of free technical support from time of purchase.

Customers within the UK are also able to extend their CADlink-provided technical support services for a period of 12 months at a cost of £200 or £50 per single support incident. CADlink will provide support for current versions of software in addition to versions 2 generations back from the current release. Additional technical support coverage cannot be purchased for any versions of CADlink software that are older than 2 versions prior to the current one.

Cashback promotion announced on Corel products

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Corel has announced a cashback promotion on CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite X6, CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite X6 Small Business Edition and Corel® Photo & Video Suite X6. Customers who purchase a full version of the software up until Tuesday 31st December 2013 are entitled to claim up to £90 cashback.

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 includes a new typography engine, advanced OpenType® support, website design software, and photo editing, style and colour enhancements. Show your true design style when creating everything from distinctive logos and signs to flyers, car wraps and websites.

Corel Photo & Video Suite X6 allows you to create your best photos and videos ever. Combining the creative power of PaintShop® Pro X6 and VideoStudio® Pro X6, this complete package makes editing photos and videos fast and fun. Quickly manage, adjust and edit photos with powerful new 64-bit architecture. Amaze your audience with striking visual effects, Motion Tracking, stop-motion animations and Ultra HD (4K) quality. With all-in-one video production and pro-quality photo editing, this suite has all you need for your photo video life.

Cashback promotion details

To be eligible for cashback on either CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 or CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 Small Business Edition or Corel® Photo & Video Bundle, users will need to purchase a full standard version of the software (box or download), from through one of Corel’s authorised resellers or the Corel Store.

To claim cashback, customers will neeed to complete an application form at www.corel.com/cashback providing an eligible product code, and proof of purchase. Email receipt of the claim will be provided within 10 days, and cashback will be paid via International wire transfer within 28 days thereafter. There is a maximum of one claim per person.

Cashback value

  • Get £90 cashback on CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6, suggested retail price £399 excluding VAT
  • Get £90 cashback on CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 Small Business Edition, suggested retail price £699 excluding VAT
  • Get £20 cashback on Photo & Video Suite X6, suggested retail price £74.99 excluding VAT

The offer is available in the following countries: Australia, Brazil, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland Turkey and UK.

For more information about CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 cashback promotion and for full terms and conditions, please visit www.corel.com/cashback

To visit the Corel Store, please visit www.corel.com

Four Pees releases PrintFactory and ProofMaster 4.4

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Four Pees, exclusive worldwide distributor of the PrintFactory and ProofMaster software suite, announces the release of version 4.4. The update for the PrintFactory and ProofMaster product range includes additional quality and productivity enhancement features such as the new Printer Media Mode (PMM) format for profiling and calibration and a new white generation tool.

PMM format of calibration

With the new version, the calibration format has changed from DFP (Desktop FingerPrint) to PMM (Printer Media Mode). This change enables the products to facilitate a richer storage format that will support current and future demands. The PMM format is a ZIP file containing at least the file PrinterCalibration.xml, which is a document that describes the content of the PMM and defines the media and mode description, ink-set, driver settings, linearisation and its settings and references to all other files. Other files that usually are part of the PMM are ICC profiles, measurement files (like CGATS files), spot colour tables, etc.

The PMM offers a new concept compared to DFP, named Variations. A variation is a printer profile generated with specific settings making it possible to have multiple variations of the same Printer-Media-Mode. Every Variation can optionally have its own normalisation/standardisation profile associated with it.

New White Generation

With this latest version of the Editor and RIP, the white generation method has changed. The new White Generation is faster and more accurate. This is achieved by a new concept called ‘White Layer’. The White Layer dynamically renders every defined object in that layer to the target plate (usually White). Whatever the colour of the object is, it will be rendered with overprinting white (or whatever plate is specified in the layer) to the output.
The method of generating white is also defined by the layer and can be changed at any given moment to another method. Multiple layers with different specifications are allowed (the order of the layers influences the rendering and thus also the white).

New Drivers

The release adds support and improvements for more than 40 devices from Agfa, Durst, Epson, Flora, HP, Inca, Mimaki, Mutoh, Océ, Polytype, Roland, Sigmajet, SignTronic, Summa and swissQprint. The complete list of printers, features and bug fixes can be found here.

Compatibility & Availability

PrintFactory and ProofMaster 4.4.0 is fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion), besides Mac OS X 10.6 and 10.7 and the common Windows OS (XP, Vista, 7, Server 2003 and 2008). 
Furthermore the X-Rite i1 Pro v2 measurement device is now supported in Calibrator.

PrintFactory 4.4.0 is a free update for all existing PrintFactory 4.x.x users.  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Esko software helps Data Image Group Ltd achieve 30% year-on-year growth

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What is the secret for sign and display operations to maintain a year-on-year growth in spite of current market challenges? For Data Image Group Ltd, it is the longstanding and mutually beneficial relationship with Esko.

Data Image Group Ltd is a UK provider of large format graphic and point of sale services for the cosmetics, fashion, retail and automotive industries. The company has continuously grown its business 30% annually thanks to constantly reviewing best production practices and investing in solutions such as Esko’s Automation Engine and i-cut Suite that enable them to enhance services and broaden capabilities. “We have been able to continue to grow in terms of sales while human interaction with jobs has been dramatically reduced,” explains Robert Farfort, Data Image Director: “With Automation Engine in particular, we have seen a significant cut in the number of errors on jobs plus the time and cost benefits that delivers. We are much more productive.”

Continued investment in the future

Data Image Group Ltd has a long-standing relationship with Esko beginning with an investment in Odystar, a highly automated pre-press workflow solution and over the years, the company also implemented automation software to automate the imposition of different jobs while maximising production and minimising waste. It also helped reduce errors by over 90% and almost eliminated downtime.

Today, Data Image Group Ltd is successfully running Esko's Automation Engine. "We are more profitable because we spend less time on artworking. And we improved our competiveness by adding more value. The tools we have in place help us reduce costs and automate job throughput. This means we have greater flexibility in job handling - and we can go for more work!" comments Mr. Farfort. "We automate from the quote. From an iExcel spreadsheet over estimation, importation, creation of a job docket to artwork - all human touchpoints are reduced. We want the capabilities of our highly skilled team to be used in the most productive way. This is why automating as many manual processes as possible is essential to our strategy of being a highly profitable company.”

A collaborative approach to profitability

Data Image’s newest investment is Esko WebCenter for greater file sharing and job collaboration, resulting in faster approvals and reduced turnaround times. “Because customers are now confident that files can be handled with minimal errors, saving them time and effort, they are much more open to online co-operation,” explains Mr. Farfort.

WebCenter is also a launch pad for the company into 3D CAD work: “3D is a new venture for us,” Mr. Farfort continues. “It was always an area we wanted to go into, and with Store Visualizer we could. Our customers love it! Everyone involved in the project can see how their product will look like and view the designs. It's quick and easy to make amends if needed and sign off the design. This is a very powerful selling tool, offering more conceptual designs with greater freedom.”

The success of this element of the business also prompted Data Image to invest in a Kongsberg XP 44 digital cutting table. “We have other cutting tables but the high level of integration of Esko’s 3D CAD software with the Kongsberg means jobs can be completed faster and with fewer errors. Set up times are virtually eliminated while it excels with than handling of re-board and the quality of creasing. Combined, Esko's Kongsberg table and software are a self-contained production element.”

Winning the sales

Data Image’s commitment to operational-wide improvements has positively impacted sales: “A lot of us are just looking for an easy life and often we can win work on being the first to deliver,” says Mr Farfort. “Fast approvals and quick deliveries can be all-important and help us win repeat orders.”
Data Image’s relationship with Esko also gives clients a sense of an elevated proposition: “Our customers recognize that we are always looking to improve the way we work and how we can support them,” concludes Mr. Farfort. “Esko is a stable company with many resources to support the products brought to market and to us as a customer. That gives us the confidence to make changes that ultimately make us grow.”

For more information, please visit www.esko.com

Enfocus announces Connect 11 family to create and deliver perfect PDFs

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Enfocus, the creator of the PDF preflight and editing standard, PitStop Pro, has announced the new Connect 11 product family.  Enfocus Connect 11 combines PDF creation and quality control with hassle-free file delivery for the graphic arts professional. There are two editions in the family, Connect YOU for designers and Connect ALL for service providers or creative organisations that work with many outside clients. Connect 11 will be available in the 3rd quarter, 2013.

Streamlining consistent file delivery between designer and service providers

Creating a PDF from most applications is not a huge challenge but ensuring that it is a press-ready PDF for professional output still is. Connect 11 is designed to bridge the gap between creative and production professionals by helping designers deliver high-quality jobs right the first time, with no IT or PDF skills required. This saves valuable time in production and helps avoid costly mistakes.

“What’s unique about Connect 11 is that it addresses the most common problems with PDF files at the source – on the designer’s workstation, where they can be easily fixed,” said Michael Reiher, Connect product manager at Enfocus. “By controlling the overall PDF creation process, and tying it to the correction and preflight capabilities of the built-in PitStop technology, common issues such as missing fonts, low-resolution images and other common problems are easily addressed before the PDF files are received for production,” continued Reiher.

Connect with quality

Enfocus Connect creates easy-to-use applets called Connectors, that sit on the user’s desktop and which have all the necessary settings contained within them.

Connectors can be created that handle:

  • One-click perfect PDF creation through Adobe® Creative Suite® or the print option of any other application, using Adobe® Normalizer technology built into the Connector
  • Automatic PDF correction and enhancement based on Enfocus PitStop Action Lists
  • PDF verification using Enfocus PitStop Preflight Profiles
  • Custom job ticket generation to help automate downstream processes
  • Secure, completely automatic delivery of PDF or any other file type to (S)FTP, HTTP, email, or directly into an Enfocus Switch automated flow

Connectors created with Connect can be easily customised to provide all of the features possible, or just a small sub-set. If necessary they can be set up by skilled professionals and then handed over to any user

Flexible solutions for all creative professionals

Connect 11 will be delivered in two editions. Connect YOU is a highly affordable single-user product for creative individuals. Connect ALL is for creative organisations, as well as print service providers that can use Connect to generate Connectors that they can supply to their outside clients. In that case customers can only use the Connector to deliver files to their service provider. Both versions share the same functionality and have the same code base. However Connect ALL can create Connectors that can optionally be custom branded and freely distributed to outside clients, whereas Connect YOU is limited to making Connectors that run on a single workstation.

Connect YOU replaces the long established Enfocus Instant PDF, which is widely used to create, verify and upload PDFs and other files. Connect YOU offers significantly greater functionality, including the ability to generate PDFs from any application, as well as easy applet operations and compatibility with the latest operating systems and Adobe® Creative Suite® versions. Connect ALL replaces PitStop Connect by offering a new level of PDF creation and quality control, along with job delivery automation.

Full details of the Connect product line can be found on the Enfocus website. In addition, Enfocus will hold a series of free webinars introducing the new product family.  Schedules and guidelines on how to sign up for the webinars are available on the Enfocus website: http://www.enfocus.com/en/webinars.

Availability and prices

Connect 11 will be available in the 3rd quarter of 2013. Connect YOU will be available for €99. Enfocus Instant PDF customers will be made a special offer and can purchase or pre-order the new Connect YOU product for only €79 until September 30th, 2013 as of today. Users having purchased or upgraded to Instant PDF 10 since January 1st, 2013 to the ship date will be entitled to a free Connect YOU when available. Connect ALL will be available for €2,999. Users having purchased or upgraded to PitStop Connect 10 since January 1st, 2013 to the ship date will be entitled to a free Connect ALL when available.

For more information on Connect 11 or how to purchase, please visit your local Enfocus reseller, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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